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CLASP Fellowship / Residency / Internship Program

CLASP Fellowship

Training in both basic and advanced laparoscopic procedures is an integral part of the General Surgery Fellowship Program. Surgical endoscopy is emphasized throughout the entire residency training with ample experience at each level, including flexible sigmoidoscopy, EGD, colonoscopy and therapeutic endoscopy. We offer three different fellowships in the following areas: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Bariatric Surgery and HPB Surgery. To apply to one of our fellowship programs, please visit The Fellowship Council's website.

  • To contact the Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Coordinator, email Michelle Amabile or call 704-355-4870.
  • To contact the HPB Surgery Fellowship Coordinator, email Suzie Smeaton or call 704-355-4062.

The General Surgery Residency Program at Carolinas Medical Center is a five-year surgical training program, fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Our emphasis on education differentiates our medical center from other similar-sized, non-university hospitals. We have assembled a dedicated faculty (28 full-time and 20 clinical faculty) with surgical expertise in all the principal components of general surgery. The goal of our residency program is to prepare general surgeons to enter academic or clinical practice. Added qualification through additional fellowship training is encouraged.

Four categorical positions are available each year at the PGY-1 level. In addition, two preliminary positions are offered for physicians planning to enter training in specialties other than general surgery, such as orthopedic surgery, urology or ENT.

Our program has five surgical services which include three general surgery services, a pediatric surgery service and a trauma surgery service. Each general surgery service has a PGY-5 resident as chief with a faculty member attending each month. The trauma surgery service has a PGY-4 resident as chief and is attended by a faculty member with expertise in trauma and surgical critical care. Trauma surgery attending physicians are in-house 24-hours a day and general surgery faculty are readily available on call.

CLASP – Summer Internship Program

The Division of Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center, offers a summer internship program to pre-med students for 10 weeks each summer. Students are assigned IRB-approved studies and are responsible for completing and writing up the data for publication over the course of the summer. Our research Fellows and Faculty assist interns along the way, with the goal being for each student to serve as author on at least one publication. Interns will also spend time in our laboratory observing lab testing for various active and ongoing studies. Interns will sign-up to shadow surgeons in the OR, and if interested, can also shadow physicians in clinic. Interns will participate in two mini-courses including Good Clinical Practices in Research and Principles in Biostatistics as well as contribute to our weekly research meeting updating Attendings and research Faculty on progress made with individual projects. 

Overall, the program has been received very well by students and medical schools over the years. Students who have graduated from the program have served as author on 58 publications (PDF).

Students' resumes will serve as their application to the program. Interviews will be conducted at Carolinas Medical Center annually in April. Students will compete for five paid positions, but there will also be an undetermined number of unpaid positions available.

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